During a pandemic, your job as a business owner is to take care of your business and your employees. But it can be hard to know exactly how to do that, especially as everyone is in unprecedented territory. Here are some things to prioritize during this pandemic.
Keep Customers and Employees Safe
One of the most important things you can do is to keep your employees and customers safe. Grant personal protection equipment (PPE) to your employees. You should include clear markers in your establishment to encourage customers and employees to maintain safety protocols. This could include signs saying that your business will require all patrons to wear a mask on the premises, or taped x’s on the floor to mark six feet apart where people will need to stand in line. Do your best to keep your business safe for customers and for employees.
With many people unemployed due to COVID-19, it is up to you to make sure your business has business. It might mean adapting how your business operates, but the jobs of your employees are critical to the success of your business. Your employees need work just as much as your business needs business. Protecting those jobs is vital to the survival of your business and is one of your responsibilities as a business owner.
Allow Sick Leave
Another thing you can do is make sure you allow your employees sick leave. Often, when people feel sick, they force themselves to work through the pain because they can’t afford the alternative. As a business owner, be understanding with their concerns and allow your employees time off as much as they need for legitimate health concerns. They may need time off to care for family as well, and as their employer, it is up to you to be understanding and kind. The health of your business is your responsibility, but your employees are also your responsibility. Taking good care of them will help your business do well in the future as they will be loyal to your business and do the best they can to help it grow.
As a business owner, you not only have responsibilities to your business, but to your employees and to your customers. Taking good care of the people you work with and the people you work for will help your business survive through this crisis.
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